Counter Protest for Abortion Rights

July 15, 2019 - 4 PM - 6 PM

Ogilvie Transportation Center, 500 W Madison St, Chicago, Illinois 60661

Contact Info: Chicago for Abortion Rights

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On July 15th, far right anti-abortion protesters will be demonstrating in downtown Chicago as part of their bigoted “truth tour”. We won’t let them go unopposed. Join with local abortion rights activists as we peacefully counter demonstrate to show that Chicago stands for abortion access and reproductive freedom.

No War on Iran!

July 12, 2019 - 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

ABC 7 TV, 190 N. State Street, Chicago, IL (by the "Lake Street" Red Line el stop)

Supporting Organizations: Chicago Committee Against War and Racism, Chicago Area Peace Action, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, Freedom Road Socialist Organization - Chicago

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Tensions between the U.S. and Iran are at their highest point in many years, with the most belligerent actors in the entire U.S. foreign policy establishment in the White House driver’s seat.

These are the same people who advocated for the disastrous U.S. wars on Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. They’re the ones advocating for the continued U.S./Saudi obliteration of Yemen and its world-leading humanitarian crisis. They’re the ones advocating for a U.S. blank check to Israel to destroy what few rights and means of subsistence that Palestinians still possess.

While some members of Congress talk about reining in the Trump administration, most Democratic and Republican members alike have already laid the groundwork for war — for decades they have abdicated their constitutional authority to declare war. In addition, most Democratic leaders in Congress repeatedly mimic their Republican colleagues and corporate media outlets in proclaiming that Iran is the “world’s leading State sponsor of terrorism” – conveniently ignoring the massive terror that the U.S. and its Saudi allies have inflicted on countries around the region.

With the Trump administration increasingly desperate to dodge scandals and abysmal polls in the run up to 2020, there is a huge danger that the U.S. will manufacture an excuse to launch a military attack on Iran, as it has with so many previous wars. A military attack on Iran could easily escalate into a region-wide conflagration that would make the wars of the past few decades pale by comparison.

The Chicago Committee Against War and Racism therefore joins in the call of the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) to take a stand for peace and hold local antiwar actions on the weekend of July 12-14th — the anniversary of the Iran-Europe-United States agreement that Trump pulled the U.S. out of.

In the face of threats to millions of people, we say loudly: NO war on Iran! END the sanctions and reinstate the nuclear agreement!

Please join us in Chicago at 5:30 pm, Friday, July 12 in front of ABC 7 TV, 190 N. State Street (by the “Lake Street” Red Line el stop).

Stonewall Was a Rebellion! contingent at Pride

June 30, 2019 - 11 AM - 2 PM

4466 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60640

Supporting Organizations: Gay Liberation Network

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It’s the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riot, and this pride month is going to be a hell storm of rainbow capitalism and historical revisionism.

To help counter the mainstream trivialization of Stonewall, we invite you to join our contingent in this year’s Pride Parade organized around the theme that “Stonewall was a rebellion against police brutality.” Ours will be a breath of fresh air vs. the corporate Pride of beer and bank floats, as we get relevant, radical LGBTQ politics in front of an audience of 1 million+ people.

These politics – of solidarity with all oppressed groups, opposition to U.S. wars and police violence, and a rejection of capitalism in a world where 26 billionaires own more than ½ the world’s population – were what animated the Stonewall movement following the 1969 riots.

At a time when the Trump administration relentlessly chips away at LGBTQ rights, neoliberal Democrats and their “non-profit” gay toadies give us little more than tokenism. Besides betraying the spirit of Stonewall while pretending to celebrate it, they set a disastrous political course for LGBTQs and others.

In a world where overtly bigoted, violent governments are taking over more and more countries, endless wars, refugee crises, dictators, and potentially planet-ending climate crisis, we urgently need a very different path.

We need a rebirth of the independent, radical politics that gave the Stonewall movement and other movements of the day – Black Power, women’s liberation, the environmental and anti-war movements – the power to make rapid, sweeping changes.

The true legacy of Stonewall and those other movements was that their power drew from the efforts of ordinary people like ourselves, rather than the wealthy and their politicians who benefit from the status quo, to make change.

Please join us!

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The itinerary for the Sunday, June 30th contingent is as follows:

10 am – for those who can, meet up at the contingent location (announced by the Pride Cmte just a few days before the parade) to assemble banners, signs etc. For those who give us their email address and / or cell #, we’ll notify you of the location for this once the Pride Cmte shares the location with us – FB message us or send an email with the subject line “Stonewall Pride Contingent” to LGBTliberation@aol.com

11 am – everyone else, meet up in front of the Uptown Target store, 4466 N. Broadway, 1 block south of the main exit of the ‘Wilson’ Red Line el stop. We strongly encourage all those participating to take the Red Line el to the meet up points, as bus and car traffic will be snarled due to street closures.

Plenty of water and sunscreen will be available. If you are not able to participate in the entire march, we encourage you to attend the first (the best!) part of it, and then drop out when you need to. There are a handful of el stops fairly close to the parade route to which we can direct you if you need to leave early.

Lights for Liberty ~ Nationwide

July 12, 2019 - 7 PM

Nationwide

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NOTE: There are lots of local actions; we’ll try to post them all. Regardless of location, you can take part. See the organizer’s website for more detail.

Our Mission

We are a coalition of people, many of whom are mothers, dedicated to human rights, and the fundamental principle behind democracy that all human beings have a right to life, liberty and dignity.

We are partnering with national, regional and local communities and organizations who believe that these fundamental rights are not negotiable and are willing to protect them.

On Friday July 12th, 2019, Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps, will bring thousands of Americans to detention camps across the country, into the streets and into their own front yards, to protest the inhumane conditions faced by refugees.

Lights for Liberty: Woodstock IL — at McHenry County Jail

July 12, 2019 - 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

McHenry County Jail, 2200 N Seminary Ave, Woodstock, Illinois 60098

Supporting Organizations: Lights for Liberty

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A rally and vigil outside the McHenry County Jail which serves as a Federal Immigrant Detention facility. One of the Nationwide events at border detention center–concentration camps–and other facilities holding immigrants as part of Lights for Liberty for Liberty campaign.

We will rally on the grassy area across from the jail along Rt. 47 in Woodstock between Ware and Seminary roads. Parking will be available in the Northwood Junior High school lot across Rt. 47.

Gathering at 7:30 for a rally with speakers to be announced. Candle light vigil begins at 9 pm. Bring friends, signs, candles.

Organizational sponsor to be announced soon

Read more about the nationwide call to action here: https://www.lightsforliberty.org (this event will be listed there soon)
#lights4liberty#dontlookaway#endusconcentrationcamps

Take Action to End Criminalization, Detention, & Deportations

July 13, 2019 - 11 AM - 1 PM

Daley Center Plaza, 50 W Washington St, Chicago, Illinois 60602

Supporting Organizations: ACLU of Illinois, Chicago Women Take Action, Indivisible Illinois, Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants, J Street Chicago, Latino Policy Forum, Project IRENE, She Votes, Illinois State Representative Will Guzzardi

Contact Info: jason@indivisiblechicago.com

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Building Community Together: Take Action to End Criminalization, Detention, & Deportations

On a daily basis, immigrant communities in Illinois live with the fear that imminent raids and escalated activity by ICE, as stated by Trump, will rip families apart. We see more information each day regarding deplorable situations at the border – where government officials deny there is a humanitarian crisis, where children are treated as less than human, and where more children have died in immigration custody in 2019 than in the past 10 years.

In Illinois, we are taking a stand.

We see the current criminalization of immigrants, those coming to our borders seeking asylum and those seeking a better life for themselves and their families, as a continuation of the United States’ deep history of exploiting and criminalizing immigrants.

We reject the framework of hate + profit. Instead we envision a movement that builds intersectional power among our vibrant communities and a nation that recognizes the incredible social and cultural value of immigrants in our society.

Join immigrant rights, social justice, and grassroots organizations in protest against the administration’s destructive policies and actions, and take a stand to welcome immigrant communities in solidarity. Add your voice to those in the movement to end criminalization, detention and deportation of immigrant families in the United States.

Organizing Committee
Access Living
Amnesty International
Asian Americans Advancing Justice
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Indivisible Chicago
Indivisible Oak Park
PASO – West Suburban Action Project
SEIU Healthcare
South Suburban Immigration Project
UUANI
Women’s March Chicago

Supporting Organizations
ACLU of Illinois
Chicago Women Take Action
Indivisible Illinois
Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants
J Street Chicago
Latino Policy Forum
Project IRENE
She Votes Illinois
State Representative Will Guzzardi

ASL interpreters will be provided. Additional accessibility information will be posted as details of the rally are finalized.

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Diariamente, las comunidades de inmigrantes en Illinois viven con el temor de que las inminentes redadas y la escalada de actividades por parte de ICE, según lo declarado por Trump, destrozarán a las familias. Cada día vemos más información sobre situaciones deplorables en la frontera, donde los funcionarios del gobierno niegan que haya una crisis humanitaria, donde lxs niñxs son tratadxs como menos humanos y donde más niñxs han muerto bajo custodia de inmigración en 2019 que en los últimos 10 años.

En Illinois, estamos tomando una posición.

Vemos la criminalización actual de los inmigrantes, lxs que vienen a nuestras fronteras en busca de asilo y lxs que buscan una vida mejor para ellxs y sus familias, como una continuación de la profunda historia de Estados Unidos de explotar y criminalizar a los inmigrantes. Rechazamos el marco de odio + beneficio. En cambio, preveemos un movimiento que genere poder interseccional entre nuestras comunidades vibrantes y una nación que reconozca el increíble valor social y cultural de los inmigrantes en nuestra sociedad. Únase a los derechos de los inmigrantes, la justicia social y las organizaciones de base en protesta contra las políticas y acciones destructivas de la administración, y tome una posición para dar la bienvenida a las comunidades de inmigrantes en solidaridad. Agregue su voz a aquellos en el movimiento para poner fin a la criminalización, detención y deportación de familias inmigrantes en los Estados Unidos.

Comité Organizador
Amnesty International
Asian Americans Advancing Justice
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Indivisible Chicago
Indivisible Oak Park
PASO – West Suburban Action Project
SEIU Healthcare
South Suburban Immigration Project
UUANI
Women’s March Chicago

Organizaciones de Apoyo
ACLU of Illinois
Chicago Women Take Action
Indivisible Illinois
Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants
Latino Policy Forum
Project IRENE
She Votes Illinois
Representante Will Guzzardi

Habrá intérpretes de ASL. Se publicará información adicional sobre accesibilidad a medida que se finalicen los detalles de la manifestación.

Zero Tolerance for Migrant Detention! Rogers Park Demonstration

June 22, 2019 - 2 PM - 4 PM

1628 W Morse Ave, Chicago, IL 60626-3309

Supporting Organizations: Little Village Solidarity Network / Red de Solidaridad de La Villita, Blood Fruit Library, Chicago Feminist Action

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Demonstration to Shut Down the Heartland Alliance Child Migrant Prisons – and all migrant detention centers!

June 22nd marks one year since the the monstrous practice of family separation against Central American migrants was supposed to end. As we know, the forced separation of families has long been an act of state terror to destroy the migrant spirit and cause irreparable trauma to those seeking a better life.

Since June 22nd 2018, the separation of migrant children from their parents has not been halted, and as of March 2019, a government report shows that over 245 children have been removed from their families since June 2018, in some cases without clear documentation undertaken to track them in order to reunite them with their parents.

Hundreds of kids separated last year before trump’s executive order have still not been reunited because their parents were deported or couldn’t find them within the prison system. And abuse and deaths in detention are documented to be on the rise, with 24 people dying in ICE detention during trump’s time in office so far, including the Indigenous children we know of:

Juan de León Gutiérrez
Felipe Alonzo Gómez
Jakelin Ameí Rosmery Caal Maquin
Claudia Patricia Gómez González
And countless more.

Thousands of children remain trapped in the prison industrial complex that profits off of their incarceration, including in child migrant prisons run by Heartland Alliance and many more non-for profits across the country that claim to be helping the children.

Join us on Saturday, June 22nd as we denounce Heartland Alliance and their baby jails located right here in Rogers Park, and as we demand the immediate release and reunification of all migrant families here in Chicago and across the country!

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El 22 de Junio marca un año desde que la practica monstruosa de la separacion de familias migrantes iban a llegar a su fin. Nosotrxs sabemos que la separacion forzada de familia es un acto de terrorismo estatal para destruir el espiritu inmigrante y causar trauma para aquellxs en busqueda de una vida mejor.

Desde el 22 de Junio del 2018, la separacion de lxs ninxs inmigrantes de sus familias sigue vigente, y desde el Marzo del 2019, un reportaje gubernamental muestra que hay mas de 245 ninxs que han sido transladadxs de sus familias desde el Junio del 2018. En algunos casos sin documentacion para poder unificarlxs con su Mama y Papa.

Cienes de ninxs fueron separadxs antes de la orden ejecutiva de Trump aun no han sido reunificadxs porque Mama y Papa han sido deportadxs no lxs pueden encontrar dentro del sistema carcelario. Lxs abusos y muertes en lxs centros de detencion han incrementado, 24 personas han muerto en lxs centros de detencion de ICE durante la presidencia de Trump, Incluyendo a lxs ninxs Indigenas:

Juan de Leon Gutierrez
Felipe Alonzo Gomez
Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin
Claudia Patricia Gomez Gonzalez
Y muchxs mas.

Miles de ninxs permanecen atrapadxs dentro de la industria carcelaria que consigue ganancias monetarias atraves de su encarcelamiento, incluyendo Heartland Alliance y otrxs organizaciones sin fines de lucro atraves de todo el pais que segun estan ahi para ayudar a lxs ninxs.

Ven con nosotrxs el Sabado, 22 de Junio mientras denunciamos Heartland Alliance y sus carceles de ninxs localizadxs aqui en Rogers Park, y mientras tanto exigimos la liberacion inmediata de lxs ninxs y la reunificacion de las familias aqui en Chicago y atraves del pais.

Chicago Juneteenth Turn Up

June 19, 2019 - 12 PM

Pritzker Park, 310 S State St, Chicago, Illinois 60604

Supporting Organizations: Black Remembrance Project

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Join us on State & Van Buren on June 19, 2019 at 12pm for a city-wide Juneteenth celebration!

Juneteenth (June 19th) is an African American holiday that commemorates the emancipation of Black enslaved people in the United States. Juneteenth is celebratory, multi-generational, and geared towards Black families. This event is particularly significant this year as 2019 marks the 400th year anniversary of Black enslavement in the United States.

Impeachment Day of Action

June 15, 2019 - 12 PM

Varies; see organizer website

Supporting Organizations: MoveON

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There is NO protest/march planned for the city of Chicago for this nationwide action. There are several events happening in the suburbs; the website takes you to the national search page and lists actions for Elgin, Mount Prospect, Naperville, and Western Springs.

Local Indivisible Chicago has something in the works which we’ll share as soon they make that plan public.

Gaza Freedom Flotilla on the Chicago River, Opening Event

July 19, 2019 - 11:30 AM

Israeli consulate, 500 W. Madison, Chicago, IL

Supporting Organizations: Voices for Creative Nonviolence

Contact Info: info@vcnv.org

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A discussion with retired Col. Ann Wright (veteran of four past flotillas) and Gazan scholar/activist Jehad Abusalim, on Thursday July 18, at 7 PM at Grace Episcopal Church will open three days of action- From July 18-20, 2019, Voices for Creative Nonviolence will join with the Freedom Flotilla Coalition’s US Boats to Gaza campaign, supporting their North American Freedom Flotilla for Gaza project. On Friday July 19, at 11:30 AM, there will be a march from the Israeli consulate, 500 W. Madison, to a protest rally at Boeing corporate headquarters 100 N. Riverside Plaza at noon. On Saturday July 20th at a time to be announced, a mini-flotilla of kayaks and an electric boat will be launched on the Chicago River, bearing messages in support of freedom for the people of Gaza. Along with those on the river, we will need participants with signs, banners and leaflets in the streets and on the bridges.

Since 2010, the Freedom Flotilla Coalition has sent many international flotillas sailing to Gaza to highlight the brutal violation of international law and of Gazans’ human rights that is the Israeli government’s lethal Gaza blockade. Voices members have joined past flotilla actions seeking to free Gazans from a crushing economic siege and from airstrikes, arrests, torture, and the myriad human rights violations inherent in apartheid. It is time to give Gazans desperately-needed access to food, fuel, medicine, employment, & basic human dignity. The next international sailing is in 2020, but this summer our message is for the people of the United States. Join us! Contact us through this page or at info@vcnv.org